The beauties of Italy, on the notes of the great European Romanticism

From October 12, 2019 to January 5, 2020, in Albano (RM) comes the great classical season with the strings of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Maurizio D’Alessandro on clarinet, The Fire Trio of Prague, pianists Orazio Sciortino, Daniel Rivera and Vincenzo Maltempo with tribute to Beethoven for the 250 years since his death.

Living the beauties of Italy and the Castelli Romani, rediscovering less massified views, traveling on the notes of the great European Romanticism that in our country found life blood, in the company of the great levers of national and international classical music: this is the goal of the Liszt Festival, which from October 12, 2019 to January 5, 2020 back in the frescoed and nineteenth-century halls of Palazzo Savelli Albano Laziale (RM) for the 33rd edition.

A virtuous encounter between our country and Central Europe to pay homage once again, 140 years after his canonization, to the greatest romantic pianist that the continent has had, Franz Liszt. His creative and human work was significant in the Roman years of the 19th century, which led him to be awarded the title of Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Albano in 1879.

Following the works of the great musicians who, through the seven notes, recounted the richness of the beautiful country, being inspired by those landscapes and atmospheres to which the entire nineteenth-century romantic production owes so much, the Liszt Festival of Albano, for 2019 confirms itself as increasingly multidisciplinary, with a proposal that combines music, literature, poetry, theater, research. A festival that has received significant recognition in the Italian cultural context and for some years also European.

To celebrate its 33rd edition, on October 12, 2019 the Liszt Festival opens with the opening ceremony of the marble plaque at Palazzo Lercari dedicated to Liszt. An initiative that the artistic director Maurizio D’Alessandro had long been in mind “in order to give the right memory to the place where he stayed several times Liszt and where he played.  Marcello Semeraro and supported by the Hungarian Academy in Rome through its director Prof. István Puskas. An opportunity to visit the Diocesan Museum inside the Palace and, later, attend the concert of pianist Orazio Sciortino with paraphrases by Franz Liszt da Opere and the striking symphonic poem Les Preludes.

On October 20, with a concert entitled La meglio gioventù, it will be the turn of young musicians of considerable talent such as the Praghesi of the Trio Incendio with a program on Dvorak and the Quintet Eusebius formed by musicians from different Italian regions expression of the Courses of High Musical Improvement of the Academy of Santa Cecilia for the class of Maestro Carlo Fabiano who will perform a program focused on Clara and Robert Schumann.

On November 17 it will be the turn of a great soloist, the Argentine pianist Daniel Rivera with a program dedicated to Liszt and Chopin, while on November 24 there will be the opportunity to listen to the Philharmonia Chamber Players, a string quartet formed by musicians from what is considered one of the ten best orchestras in the world which is the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the program will focus on the famous Quartet n. 12 “American” by Dvorak and on the Quintet op. 34 for clarinet and strings by Weber with the clarinetist Maurizio D’Alessandro.

On December 15, on the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of the greatest pianist of the 800 Clara Schumann returns to great demand the musical-theater piece Mia Dolcissima Clara directed by Giacomo Zito, protagonist of the show with Chiara Di Stefano and Giordano Bonini with the Soloists of the FLA (Festival Liszt Albano).

The virtuoso pianist Vincenzo Maltempo will be the protagonist of the closing concert on January 5, 2020 with a focus on Beethoven for the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Not only music: on the theme of Clara Wieck and Robert Schumann: love and art between chance and necessity, a meeting will be held on 18 October at the Vespignani building of the Civic Museum curated by Maestro and Artistic Director Maurizio D’Alessandro, while on 30 November the book Franz Liszt negli anni romani e nell’Albano dell’800 Florestano edizioni will be presented as a national premiere.

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